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Estero Given OK for City-hood Incorporation Vote

Posted by Benjamin Dona on Tuesday, May 13th, 2014 at 3:35pm.

Village of Estero to proceed with a vote on incorporation!The Village of Estero has cleared all the hurdles and been given the official OK by Governor Scott's signing of HB 1373 to proceed with a vote on the November 4th ballot on whether or not to become a city.

"We're elated to hear it," said Nick Batos, Chairman of the Estero Council of Community Leaders. "It's been a long process, and it's great to see the delegation and the Governor give Estero the right to make the decision whether we want to incorporate or not."

Batos also said the organization has had about a dozen community meetings to educate people on the pros and cons of becoming a city. The group will continue to meet "on a slower pace over the summer months" before ramping up the final push come September.

It will be interesting to see how the residents of Estero will vote on incorporation. We did it here in Bonita Springs back in 2000 and fortunately for us, have had a great group of folks fill the Mayor and City Council positions since that time. With committed leadership, we've been able to keep taxes low and enjoy all the benefits of being our own city. Hopefully, the residents of Estero will have the similar result should they elect to travel that road.

If voters approve the referendum in November, the City of Estero will be created as of December 31, 2014.

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Gulf Coast Associates, RealtorsBenjamin Dona is the Broker and Owner of Gulf Coast Associates, Realtors in Bonita Springs, Florida. He holds two advanced degrees, an MBA and an MA, and has an extensive background in both business and marketing. In 1998, he founded Gulf Coast Associates, and formed a group of like-minded Realtor® associates dedicated to offering professional Southwest Florida real estate services by concentrating on information, education and the use of leading edge technologies. He also is a recognized expert on the "Net," a much-quoted and read blog author, and a contributor to both national and international news outlets. Benjamin is a member of the National Association of Realtors, the Florida Association of Realtors, and numerous local real estate boards throughout Southwest Florida.

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